where ever you go there you are

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Short post sparked by the restrictions on travel due to Coronavirus.

Many people are lamenting the fact that they can’t travel. It brings to mind a well known Zen thought : ‘Wherever you go, there you are’.

If you travel to the top of a mountain seeking peace, your mind follows. You can be restless regardless of location.

I’ve always thought that the most important journey’s in life don’t involve going anywhere physically.

Learning a language, learning an instrument. Writing a book. Reading. Sitting down and understanding your mind. Developing your physical capabilities. Connecting intimately with family and friends.

These are the real destinations. I have nothing against travelling, but due to modernity, it is easy.

Maybe in the past, travel involved a level of hardship. But nowadays, it is commoditised and glamourised in the pursuit of likes and retweets. There is a view that it expands you as a person. Maybe it does, but actually you do that yourself, regardless of the destination

I do want to travel. To seek new experiences. I think part of the value in travelling is spending 24/7 with the people you are travelling with.

But I think it is foolish thinking that you will get something out of it that you can’t get just alone. Learning to be alone is a skill. One that you can train. Once you can do this, you can share your life more easily with others.

I’ll end with this :

“If you have a garden and a library, you have everything you need” - Cicero.

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